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It was party time late today at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck section as the second season of Tuesdays @ The Train debuted. The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event featured games, music, and eats and drinks. There will be two more this summer on July 17 and Aug. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Having Fun at Tuesdays @ The Train

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The second season of Tuesdays @ The Train, organized by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, attracted many families today to Luciano Park near the Metro-North station in Saugatuck. They were entertained with children’s activities, popular foods and beverages represented by local eateries and the Outside Chance Band. The event will be repeated on July 17 and Aug. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Historical Society Gift Shop Reopens

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The recently redesigned gift shop at the Westport Historical Society (WHS), 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall, has reopened and renamed The Gift Shop at the Wheeler House. The shop, relocated within WHS, has expanded its gift selections, according to Kathy Nixon (rear), director of visitor services. She observes Madeline Restieri, 10, a rising sixth grader student at Jockey Hollow Middle School in Monroe, as she tries on a hat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Florence Dohanos, 83

Florence Marie Dohanos, a lifelong resident of Westport, died June 24. She was 83.

She was born in Norwalk on June 12, 1935, the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Sadowski) Klemish. 

She was a 1953 graduate of Staples High School and worked for the Town of Westport first in the Town Clerk’s Office and then for the Parks and Recreation Department. She was an avid painter and she loved the outdoors, especially the beach.

Survivors include three daughters: Karen Clark and her husband Kevin of Westport, Linda Dohanos of Sandy Hook, Jennifer Dohanos of Fairfield, one brother: William Klemish and his wife Marilyn of Parrish, Florida, and two granddaughters: Eleanora and Tatiana Gillchrist. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one sister, Antoinette Rideg.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 40 Highland Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 40 Highland Road off Bayberry Lane is in process. Built in 1955, the 1-3/4 story split level has 2,017-square feet, is situated on a 1.47-acre property and changed ownership last month for $530,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SELECTS 2018”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
11 a.m. – Westport Library – Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. – Luciano Park – Tuesdays @ the Train
7 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Community Table: Zachary K. Wood & Uncomfortable Learning
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – RTM Finance Committee
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Treehouse Comedy Club
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Arrest for Breach of Peace at Starbucks

Officers arrested a New York City man for breach of peace, criminal trespass and interfering with an officer during a disturbance at Starbucks, police said today.

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Carl Nicolas: held on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to the police report, the incident unfolded Friday at 7 p.m. when responding officers learned that the suspect later identified as Carl Nicolas, 55, had attempted to go to a second floor storage area.

“When he was told by employees the area was not for customers, he began screaming at the employees and refused to leave after multiple requests to do so,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said.

“At one point, he was reported to have lunged over the counter at employees,” she added.

Police: Panhandler Posts $100,000 Bail

It was not what the Bridgeport man expected to happen when he set out to panhandle in a parking lot near the corner of West Parish Road and Post Road East — being arrested and having to shell out $100,000 in court set bonds to be released from custody.

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Andrew Ritz: free on $100,000 bail.Westport Police photo

That’s what happened to Andrew Ritz, 39, around 5 p.m. Sunday after an officer observed him panhandling in the parking lot, according to the arrest report.

The panhandling was the least of it.

“The officers learned there were two active warrants for Ritz,” Lt. Jillian Cabana said.